Monday, May 17, 2021

Slimline Card Duo - DT Project for Paige Evans

Hi there friends,

I'm stopping by today to share a card duo I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team! I've used the gorgeous Wonders collection on these.

I change my mind a lot. Like, ALL.THE.TIME. This started out as a layout - with the same design, only the triangles were bigger. I wanted to create a grid layout with them and use maybe 4 2x2 photos as well. Maybe that's an idea you can use? I didn't, because I liked the triangles on white background the most and I am no white background scrapper. Looking at it, it was just not me. Had I had super light gray card stock, or even better, patterned paper (there was one in one of Paige's older collections but I don't have it anymore), I would have gone with that. So, what's a girl to do with all the cut up paper pieces? Use them on cards of course!

I started out by cutting apart the paper with all the 2x2" squares on it, then I cut all of them in half. I didn't use all of them on these cards, I chose the more solid ones and those that didn't have a white background. For the card on the left, I cut this triangle in half again, for the card on the right I cut the smaller triangle in half once more.

I cut two slimline card panels (3.5x8.5") from Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock and started adding the triangles on them in a rainbow kind of order - to see if they would even fit this size. And they did!

Once I figured out the arrangements, I started gluing them down. I was planning to stitch them down in the middle and wanted to be able to curl them up too, so I only added a teeny tiny bit of liquid adhesive in the middle. 

When the panels were done, I added some zig zag machine stitching. I then created two side folding card bases and glued my panels on top. 

Now comes the fun part! Creating dimension! I just used my fingers to curl up each triangle. I actually really liked the look where I only did the top triangles of each square but then I wanted to see what it would look like if I did all of them...And then there was no turning back :D

Both sentiments are from the 2x2" phrases swatch book. I just cut out the part I needed. I think one said It's Time to Celebrate, the other had some icon right above it, as far as I remember. I went tone on tone with these, well kind of. The green sentiment sits on a green and a blue square, the purple is placed between blue and purple squares.

To finish off the cards, I added a few gold puffy sticker hearts and some gold paint splatters.

That's it! Super simple! Maybe one day I'll try this design on a layout too, hehe!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in one way or another.

Have a great day!


Monday, May 3, 2021

In Focus: Spellbinders Birdhouses Through the Seasons collection by Vicki Papaioannou

Hi there crafters,

I'm stopping by today to share a few cards I've made with some of the dies from a brand new Spellbinders collection, designed by Vicki Papaioannou! The collection is called Birdhouses Through the Seasons and I absolutely adore every single set! I only have two of the die sets at the moment (there's 5 in total plus a sentiment stamp set), but I need to get my hands on all of them for sure. They work on their own but they are designed in a very clever way to all work with each other. See for yourself!

The two sets I worked with on these 3 cards are:

I have a process video for you at the end of this post, so I'll just leave you with photos here. If you're interested in how these came together, what supplies I've used, please stop by my You Tube channel!

On the next card, I used an additional two die sets:

Here's the process video:

That's it for today! I hope you love this collection as much as I do and I could inspire you in one way or another! Check out Vicki's You Tube channel too, she explains these dies in detail and shows lots and lots of samples with them. Super inspiring!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Have an amazing day!


Sunday, May 2, 2021

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - May 2021

 Hi there crafty peeps,

It's that time again! The Spellbinders May Club Kits are here!

I will not go into step by step tutorials here, since I made process videos for all of today's projects - I'll just attach some photos! I'll link the videos down below, after each set of cards. You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel and press the bell icon so you never miss a new video! You'll find all the supplies I've used linked in the description boxes of the videos.

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:

You can find all necessary information about these kits here.  

Without further ado, here are my projects with the May Large Die Kit!

You'll find the process video for these cards here:

I only have one card with the Small Die Kit this month:

You'll find the process video for this card here:

I do have a bonus card that I did later, but I wasn't able to create a video for this. I've made it with the beautiful Large Die Kit:

Here I stitched the panel in white and I stitched the sentiment as well. Going in I knew this might not turn out well, because the font isn't ideal for hand stitching, but I wanted to try anyway. My friend was able to read it, I don't think I would be if I didn't know what it says. But I wanted to share anyway, maybe you have sentiments that are better suited for hand stitching and this gives you an idea? 

You know how much I love colors, so as much as I wanted to make a white card, I just couldn't hehe! So I created a colorful background using the Color Block Slices Die Set. Which by the way is back in stock now, so hurry if you don't want to miss out! It's such a versatile set that you can use to create all kinds of fun backgrounds with!

I used an A2 size white card stock, then centered the first die cut on it and lined up the rest left and right to create this partial sunburst pattern. It's probably a shame I covered it all up :D

Then I finished off the card with a few enamel dots in coordinating colors for more dimension and pops of color!

That's it for today guys! I hope you love this month's die kits as much as I do!
I also hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Happy crafting!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Good Days Ahead - DT Layout for Paige Evans

Hi there friends,

I'm back with a new layout today for the Paige Evans Design Team! I've used the lovely Wonders collection on this page. 

I seem to be on a circular type design roll lately, because my previous layout featured a butterfly spiral, the one before that a large, layered flower and this one today has a large rosette. So basically, all of them have a big circular design element hmmm. I should remember to do something different next time ha!

Anyway, Paige had a virtual layout class recently, where she created a wreath design from smaller rosettes. I really wanted to try to create rosettes, but then I decided to make just one large one. I followed her instructions - it doesn't matter what size you create; the steps are the same. The number of petals is always 8 as well, as it turns out (I've tried several sizes to see what fits best on a 12x12" page).

I chose 8 papers (in rainbow colors) for my rosette and measured 5.5" on two sides, starting from the corner. I connected these two marks using a pencil and a ruler, to get an isosceles. I then cut off these triangles using my guillotine trimmer. 

I took each triangle and scored them right down the middle, just so I knew to which point I have to fold in the two sides. It's probably better if you watch the process video, because I'm terrible at explaining things. I'm a visual type, I absolutely cannot follow written instructions, so I suggest you have a look at the video, if you want to see how to create the petals! Super simple - it's just hard for me to explain.

I then die cut a circle, maybe 3-4" in diameter, and glued the petals on it, so I could move the rosette easier, checking what background I want to use. I settled on this light green patterned paper - I liked that the circular design tied in so well with the rosette. I glued down the rosette.

I added some foam tape to my photo and placed it in the middle of the rosette. For my title I chose a chipboard sticker. Next, I glued down the right side of each petal, because I wanted to tuck my embellishments into the openings. I selected a few chipboards, card stock stickers and ephemera pieces in coordinating colors and glued them down using liquid adhesive. 

I adhered a chipboard tab next to my rosette and wrote the date on it. Finally, I added my journaling.

Super easy and quick! I hope you like how it turned out!

Here's the video if you're interested:

Thank you very much for stopping by today! Have an awesome day!


Sunday, April 25, 2021

In Focus: Spellbinders Stained Glass Bouquet Collection by Becca Feeken

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm stopping by to share two cards that I've created with the new, Stained Glass Bouquet Collection by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders. I've used two sets from this line and I'll link them in at the end of this post, should you be interested.

Here's the card duo I created this time: 

All details on how I've made these cards are in the process video:

Unfortunately a part of the footage was damaged and I wasn't able to recover it - so the end of the video is missing, but I was only showing how I created the simple yellow patterned card base for my second card, so nothing complicated or important. I apologise for this, in any case!

Products used:
I hope I could inspire you in some small way today! I'll be back soon with some new projects using fab new Spellbinders products so be sure to stop by my blog and YouTube! Happy crafting!


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

In Focus: Spellbinders Slimline Collection

Hi there crafty friends,

Today I'm back with some new cards with the beautiful new Slimline collection from Spellbinders! I've used two die sets from this line, you'll find them linked in at the end of this blog post.

Here's the card duo I created:

Instead of a step by step here, I have a process video for you:

Products used:
I hope I could inspire you in some small way today! I'll be back soon with some new projects using fab new Spellbinders products so be sure to stop by my blog and YouTube! Happy crafting!


Monday, April 12, 2021

Hello there - DT Layout for Paige Evans

Hey there lovelies,

I'm stopping by to share my newest layout with you that I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. Most important news, Wonders is in the house yay!!! I'm so excited! I couldn't wait to create with this gorgeous new collection!

I don't know about you, but I like to sit with a new collection for a few days. Like literally, I put it next to me on the couch and go through it many times over the course of a few days. I like to soak it all in and see what speaks to me. While I wait, I usually take the papers that are good for fussy cutting, start Netflix and just start cutting away! One of those papers was the butterfly paper. I was planning to use something else first, but then these beauties were calling my name!

Once you fussy cut all butterflies (I've used them all on this page), the layout comes together super quick. I arranged them into a spiral around my photo (which I die cut using a basic stitched circle die then added a cardstock circle behind it and some foam tape for dimension). Some of them have two layers, because I had more than I needed but I didn't want to save them for another project. 

I then glued them all in place - adding just a little bit of liquid glue in the middle. Next, I stitched them down, then I bent up their wings.

I went through all the embellishments and picked out a few that went with my photo and also the colors of the butterflies. I added foam tape to all, then adhered them to the background. For my title I chose one of the chipboards. I looove chipboards!

Last but not least, I added my journaling and some white paint splatters. If you look closely, you'll see that the paint wasn't even dry when I took these photos hahaha!

You can watch the process video on my YouTube channel if you're interested:

That's it! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!